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Meet the Jury

Sean Adams

Partner
AdamsMorioka

Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Beverly Hills and New York. The firm's work has been recognized by every major competition and publication including AIGA, D&AD, Communication Arts, Graphis, the New York Art Directors Club and Step Inside Design. Adams has been cited in I.D. magazine as one of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally and is a past national president of AIGA. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, an AIGA Fellow and teaches at Art Center College of Design. Adams is the author of Logo Design Workbook, Color Design Workbook and the Masters of Design series.

Scott Arrowood

Founder/Designer
Arrowood Inc.

Scott Arrowood is the founder and designer at Arrowood Inc. (formerly known as AND Design Capitalists) in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating in design from Brigham Young University, he worked at several firms as a designer, creative director and partner. His work has been recognized by publications such as Communication Arts, Graphis Design, Graphis Logos, The One Show, Print and was selected for I.D. magazine's annual listing of design innovators. Arrowood teaches design at Brigham Young University and enjoys lecturing at universities and other organizations. He lives in Salt Lake City with his multiple children and one wife.

Janet DeDonato

Founding Partner
Methodologie, Inc.

Janet DeDonato is the founding partner of Methodologie, Inc. a Seattle-based brand communications firm whose work has been recognized by every major design competition and publication in the nation. Prior to founding Methodologie in 1988, DeDonato was vice president of design at Spangler Associates in Seattle. DeDonato has served on the national board of directors of the APDF, is a past national board member of AIGA and a past president of the AIGA Seattle Chapter. As managing partner, DeDonato is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the firm's operations and provides strategic direction to key clients and projects.

Paul Kepple

Principal/Creative Director
Headcase Design

Paul Kepple is the principal and creative director of Headcase Design, a design/illustration studio in Philadelphia that specializes in publishing. Kepple has worked on elaborate tie-in books for the hit Broadway shows Wicked, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening, as well as for HBO's Deadwood and The Sopranos, which celebrated the pop-culture phenomenon and was released to coincide with the show's final season. Headcase Design has been recognized by AIGA's 365 and 50 Books/50 Covers, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print. Paul has been teaching part-time at Tyler School of Art-his Alma Mater-since 1998.

Brian Owens

Managing Principal
RBMM

Brian Owens is the managing principal of RBMM, the identity and design affiliate of The Richards Group in Dallas. Since joining the firm in 2001, Owens has led large corporate identity and branding assignments for clients across a wide range of industries. His work has been recognized on both the national and international stage by Communication Arts, Graphis, How and Print. Owens received a BA in Spanish and history from Washington & Lee University, and then studied design at The Creative Circus in Atlanta. He now serves on the board of trustees for The Creative Circus, and speaks at design programs at schools around the country.

David Schimmel

President/Creative Director
And Partners

David Schimmel is president and creative director of And Partners in New York City. Graduating in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in art and business, he was hired by Y&R Advertising as design director. Schimmel founded And Partners in 1999. He serves on the advisory board of Portfolio Center in Atlanta and teaches at SVA in New York City. A member of the New York City Board of Education's Advisory Committee since 1999, he was honored for his dedication to the Virtual Enterprise program. Schimmel has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, How, I.D., Print and Step Inside Design.

Jason Schulte

Founder/Creative Director
Office

Jason Schulte is founder and creative director of San Francisco-based Office. The studio's work has been internationally recognized by nearly every major graphic design competition and publication, and has appeared in museum exhibitions around the world. Schulte is also a directed study advisor at the San Francisco Academy of Art University, and Fast Company featured him as one of fourteen designers to watch in its Masters of Design issue. He grew up in Green Mountain, Iowa (where there's no actual mountain) and is a graduate of Iowa State University's College of Design. He lives in San Francisco with his wife (and Office president) Jill Robertson and their foster dog Elvis.

Michelle Sonderegger

Partner
Design Ranch

Michelle Sonderegger is a founding partner of Design Ranch in Kansas City, Missouri. Design Ranch has been featured in several national and international publications such as Communication Arts, Graphis, Novum and Print. and has received awards from respected institutions such as the American Advertising Federation, AIGA and Type Directors Club. In 2005, Design Ranch launched a product line featuring three exclusive brands: Design Ranchables, Meangirl and Pantease. Sonderegger earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has taught senior graphic design studies at the University of Kansas and is currently serving on the UMKC graphic design advisory board.

Pamela Zuccker

Partner/Co-founder
Principle

Pamela Zuccker is a partner and co-founder of Principle, a multidisciplinary design agency. Together with her partner, Allyson Lack, the two founded Principle, a new model design partnership with "offices" wherever the principals of Principle happened to be. Following a six-year sojourn in Québec, Zuccker recently returned to the U.S. to open an office in northeast Pennsylvania. Zuccker's interest in design began at the University of Michigan where she pursued a fine arts degree. Following, she signed on with Portfolio Center in Atlanta. The work of Principle appears in the recent publication Women of Design, other commercially available books and on top design forums.